State Budget Plan Approved But Work Is Not Done

March 21, 2012 12:00 AM
State Budget Plan Approved But Work Is Not Done
" ATLANTA – (WAOK/AP) -  The state Senate has passed a $19.2 billion budget for the coming fiscal year, though lawmakers are not done negotiating. The spending plan passed Wednesday on a 53-0 vote. Lawmakers in the House and Senate have each adopted slightly different versions of the budget plan. Since the same version has not cleared both chambers, the differences will likely be worked out in a conference committee. Republican Sen. Jack Hill, chairman of the Appropriations Committee, said the Senate wants to see if more students who saw a reduction in state-sponsored lottery scholarships can get low-interest loans to make up the difference. Both spending plans roughly follow an earlier proposal from Republican Gov. Nathan Deal. "

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